Results from games played Tuesday, May 24th.
Memphis (17-25) dropped a 7-5 decision to Salt Lake City in the road series opener.
Jeremy Hefner (L, 2-3) was hit hard early, giving up six runs in the initial two of his six-inning stint on 11 hits and two walks in all. He fanned five.
Corey Littrell struck out three in the seventh, his sixth straight scoreless outing (6 2/3 IP) since his promotion from Springfield. Sam Tuivailala was charged with a run on a hit and two walks.
The Redbirds’ nine hits were distributed among six players, three with two each: Patrick Wisdom, Greg Garcia and Dean Anna. Wisdom doubled twice in four at bats with two RBI. Garcia and Anna both went 2-for-5 with a run scored, Garcia tripling once and Anna knocking in one. Wisdom and Garcia committed errors.
Wednesday’s game: at Salt Lake City (25-18), 6:35 pm MT, Arturo Reyes (3-2, 4.58)
Springfield (24-21) fell 3-2 in 10 to Midland, the opener of their three-game series at Hammons Field.
Trailing 2-0 after five, the S-Cards sent the game into extras with single scores in the sixth and eighth. Josh Lucas took his second loss against one win, yielding a run on two hits and a free pass in his only inning on the mound.
Starter Andrew Morales tossed a strong effort, permitting two runs, one earned, on six hits over seven. He struck out eight and did not issue a free pass. Chris Perry faced the minimum twice, fanning two.
Bruce Caldwell, Alex Mejia and Paul DeJong had two hits apiece, Caldwell going 2-for-3 with a walk and his seventh home run of 2016, a solo bomb.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Midland (23-21), 6:30 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-1, 3.29)
Matt Pearce led a quartet of Beach Birds’ hurlers that held the opposition to one unearned run in a series-opening win at Fort Myers, 3-1.
Pearce (W, 5-1) compiled a solid performance, allowing an unearned tally on five hits and a base-on-balls in five. He struck out two. Kyle Grana (1 2/3), Landon Beck (1 1/3) and Rowan Wick (1 IP) each gave up a hit with Wick fanning two for his second save.
Palm Beach accumulated eight hits, led by Allen Staton, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Blake Drake and Oscar Mercado both singled once in four at bats with a stolen base and touched home one time.
Wednesday’s game: at Fort Myers (24-22), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (3-3, 2.94)
Peoria (22-22) kicked off its three games against Kane County with a 4-0 victory.
Player of the Day Jake Woodford (W, 3-3) was outstanding, holding the opposition to four hits and a hit batsman over eight plus. He fanned five with 10 ground- to four fly-ball outs. Two of those four hits were back-to-back singles to begin the ninth, triggering a call for Jorge Rodriguez out of the bullpen. Rodriguez K’d his first batter swinging before inducing a game-ending double play ball.
The Chiefs backed Woodford’s effort by pushing across single tallies in the second through fourth before tacking on an eighth-inning run. Jhonny Peralta was one of three players with two hits apiece, going 2-for-3 with a run scored in the fourth game of his rehab assignment. Thomas Spitz singled twice in three at bats with a walk, crossing home twice and Magneuris Sierra singled and doubled in five at bats, driving in two.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Kane County (22-22), 7:00 pm CT, Junior Fernandez (3-3, 3.62)
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